TERESA STANLEY

MIXED MEDIA ARTIST

B. 1956 USA

My work is shaped by my environmental concerns and has most recently focused on the subject of flowers and houseplants. I feel that our relationship as humans to the natural world is suffused with a romantic longing for connection, leading us to fill our domestic interiors with plants.

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 My work is shaped by my environmental concerns and has most recently focused on the subject of flowers and houseplants. I feel that our relationship as humans to the natural world is suffused with a romantic longing for connection, leading us to fill our domestic interiors with plants. I value plants for their beauty but I am also impressed with how clever they are at adapting to changes in their environment, communicating via their root systems and developing characteristics that ensure their survival. Despite this apparent resiliency, plant species are disappearing at an extinction rate that is 500 times faster than they would be without human influence.  Some of them exist only as commercially grown products in gardening centers, their counterpoints in the wild long vanished. 

 

In this recent series of paintings, I use images of plants that are extinct or very rare or who are simply strange hybrids that spring from my imagination. They are either depicted as part of an imaginary greenhouse where they are being sheltered or as voids surrounded by the noise and chaos of the outside world.  These scenarios can also be seen as reflecting our own precarious position within the ecosphere. Does the noisy external world of the artificial now exist more vividly in our day-to-day reality than our memory of our very fragile and necessary natural environment? Will future generations experience the natural world from within the environment of sheltering greenhouses, where plants cross-breed and hybridize, creating specimens that no longer have any practical characteristics?

 

These works on paper and panel are made with acrylic, utilizing graphite and collage elements made with paper that I hand paint as well as vintage maps, fabrics and other ephemera. 

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